Demoiselle Crane

About the Demoiselle Crane

Also known as: Koonj

The Demoiselle Crane is a small species of migratory crane that breeds in parts of Eurasia. They winter in parts of Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Demoiselle Cranes are omnivores, though they favor plant material like seeds and waste crops like chickpeas and cereals.

Demoiselle Cranes figure prominently in north Indian culture, where they are found in literature, poetry, and idiomatic language. In India they are known as the Koonj, a word derived from Sanskrit.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 18 March 2015
Scientific Name
Anthropoides virgo
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Anthropoides
  • A. virgo
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 September 2015)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
34 to 39 inches
61 to 71 inches
70 to 106 ounces

Range

International Names

Chinese 蓑羽鹤
Czech jeřáb panenský
Danish Jomfrutrane
Dutch Jufferkraanvogel
Finnish neitokurki
French Grue demoiselle
German Jungfernkranich
Italian Damigella di Numidia
Japanese アネハヅル [anehaduru]
Korean 쇠재두루미
Norwegian Jomfrutrane
Polish żuraw stepowy
Portuguese Grou-pequeno
Russian Журавль-красавка
Spanish Grulla Damisela
Swedish Jungfrutrana
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